MP of the week: Kimberly Jones

This week’s featured missing person is Kimberly Sue Jones, a 25-year-old woman who went missing from Parkersburg, West Virginia on February 2, 2009.

She spent that day with her ex-boyfriend, their daughter and her ex’s wife, and he says he dropped her off in front of her apartment building. It’s not clear whether she ever made it inside; he didn’t wait long enough to see.

Jones had a trusting nature despite her “high risk lifestyle” (what made it high risk is unspecified), and she was taking meds for bipolar disorder. There’s no indication she left of her own accord, and in fact there are indications that she did not: she left all her stuff behind, her calendar had upcoming appointments, and she never tried to cash her dad’s death benefit pension check although the check did vanish with her.

I doubt she is still alive. But if she is she’d be 36 today. As far as distinguishing characteristics, she’s got a tattoo of a red rose (I’ve got a photo of that) and another of her nickname, Kimmie Sue. Her teeth also look fairly distinctive.

9 thoughts on “MP of the week: Kimberly Jones

  1. missingmysteries April 22, 2020 / 10:11 am

    This is my home state, we don’t have a lot of missing persons compared to more populous states, so I usually recall the details of the cases just by seeing the name. Interestingly, another long-missing Parkersburg woman (Leslie Diane Marty) was finally found across the river in Belpre, Ohio not too long ago, as you reported here. The circumstances of her case are very different from Kimberly’s and they’re likely unrelated, but it still gives hope that maybe Kimberly will also be found someday.

    Fortunately all along the Ohio River, Ohio and WV authorities tend to work well together. There’s a case up my way of a woman (Kristen Anderson) who disappeared from Martins Ferry, Ohio, but was most likely hidden in West Virginia (this article has a little more info about Anderson’s husband’s home at the time of Kristen’s disappearance, link below):

  2. Patrick Kerrigan April 22, 2020 / 11:57 am

    As a follow to Missing Mysteries comments. Several weeks ago, I watched a video about a Cold Cases group, led by a retired investigative reporter by the name of Fred Connors.

    The video was from several years where Fred and other retired investigators were looking at a number of cold cases from what they called the Miami Valley Cold Case Group. One of the them was the sexual assault and murder of Sister Roberta on the grounds of Mount St. Joseph.

    Also, the suspicious death of Justin Hughes, a 16 year old. He was found dead in a pond. Yet reports say he had to fallen down, rolled down one hill, and rolled up another to roll into the pond.

    He had actually been stopped walking alone on a road at about 2:00 am, by a deputy sheriff. The deputy offered him a ride, which he refused. The deputy left to assist another a deputy.

    I don’t know the status of this group.

    • missingmysteries April 25, 2020 / 10:16 pm

      The Sister Roberta (Robin) murder case is in my town. Recently, The DNA of Murder with Paul Holes (Oxygen) did an episode on it. They identified a suspect and were awaiting DNA results, but locally we still haven’t heard anything in the media here so must still be pending.

  3. Patrick Kerrigan April 22, 2020 / 12:21 pm

    Also, I came across an article showing about two dozen pictures that Burbank Police in California, came across in the residence of Horace Van Paultz.

    He was charged in November 2019, for the murder of Mary Duggan, 27, in 1986, and the murder of another 20 year old woman in 1981.

    At least two pictures have been identified. They are trying to determine, if these women might be other victims or possible witnesses.

    The Burbank Police can be reached at 818-238-3288.

    Also, a FBI Task Force, is asking for help in finding the owner of a ring, from Oakhurst Junior High Schhol, (1996),in Ckarksdale, Mississippi. The ring is somehow connected to the murder of a woman, her boyfriend, and her adult son, and the murder of another woman about a week later. The interesting part is that the murders took place in Northwest Indiana in February 2002.

    The investigator working the case has run into several brick walls in regards to the ring. It appears that a flood destroyed a lot of records at the school, including copies of yearbooks. Supposedly, there is some indication that the initials in the ring don’t match the names of a student who graduated from the school.

    The initials are JKM, it appears they have a last name. The ring maker does not have any further information or how it was paid for. They seem to think that it may be a relative of one of the students.

    If you have any information contact Detectuve Sgt. Nicholas Wardrip at 219-942-4485, or email (

  4. Jesse April 22, 2020 / 3:08 pm

    If that picture of the heavier lady is really her (are you sure?) then the weight loss and hair thinning might suggest drug use.

    Also, I’m always slightly shocked at anyone in modern times who drives a person and doesn’t check to see if they get in okay. it just seems so sloppy.

  5. Patrick Kerrigan April 26, 2020 / 12:16 pm

    Thanks, for the information about Sister Roberta’s. I have some fond memories about the Dominican nuns at St. Kilian’s School in Chicago. I only remember only one of them. An old Irish nun.

    They were tough cookies back in the day. Other friends have the same memories. I did not do to well in grammar school,.

    But my grades improved attending Marist High School, it was a new catholic high school in Chucago. When I went there nobody heard of it, it was not in the list of the usual Southside Catholic high schools. It’s well known now.

    I improved enough to enter the Navy, and serve on a submarine, better known as a long black sewer pipe, with a cap on the front, and tapered at the back.

    Join the Navy and see the world. I did through a periscope. Remember 2/3’a of the world is water. I saw a lot of it.

    • J April 26, 2020 / 5:57 pm

      Thank you for your service. My husband was also in the Navy, but on board a mine sweeper in Viet Nam waters.

  6. Patrick Kerrigan April 27, 2020 / 1:58 pm

    J, that was a dangerous job, searching for mines. A couple of Navy ships were damaged during Vietnam, and also during Desert Shield & Storm. I was stationed in the Emirate at the time, where they dry docked on of the amphibious ships was taken.

    I had a five month vacation from work. The only concern was terrorism, a scud missile alerts every night. The concern with the scuds was where they were targeted at.

    Tell, your husband thanks for his service. Also, is he being screened for Agent Orange. This is especially if they tied up to a pier in Vietnam.

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